News Notes for May 4, 2011 This week’s News Notes is brought to you by Back on Track, the natural way to good health.
Several top competitions took place this last weeknd with the REEM Acra World Cup Dressage Final leading the way! The Del Mar National held its 66th annual show, Sydney had its 20th Sydney CDI*** where people came from several countries to compete and although not dressage - The 137th Kentucky Derby, "the greatest two minutes in Sports", will run on Saturday afternoon. Ravel and Rocher have both become recent parents. A woman with Cerebral Palsy is aiming for the 2012 paralympics and inner city kids find refuge from gangs with a ranch in the middle of their neighborhood.
Shows are springing up across the US with lots of action this coming weekend! Region 1 has Dressage In The Sandhills in Pinehurst, NC, Dressage At Morven Park in Leesburg, VA and a little further north, Suddenly Farm Dressage in Lumberton, NJ will take place. Illinois, Ohio and Wisconsin have Sorensen Equestrian Park Dressage May I & Sport Horse East Troy, WI, Majestic Farm Ride For The Roses I Batavia, OH and the Carousel Connection Dressage Show I Springfield, IL. Several breed specific dressage competitons are being held with the Key Classic Benefit Morgan Show Monroe, WA, Cascade Arabian Youth Benefit Show in Spanaway, WA and the Empire State Arabian Spring Show Syracuse, NY. Other action around the country includes - Idaho Dressage Festival I Nampa, ID, CDS Temecula Valley Spring Temecula, CA and Reiterhof's Dressage at the Palace I San Antonio, TX.
This past weekend saw the drama play out at the 2011 REEM Acra FEI World Cup Final in Leipzig Germany where Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival were not to be denied. The competiton was exciting as Cornelissen was able to bask in the spotlight that has seemed to elude her. America can be proud as our own Jan Ebeling and Raflaca finished just out of the top 10 in 11th place with a 72.58% and Shawna Harding finished in 14th place with 67.62%. Catch up on the coverage here!
The Del Mar National Dressage Week was also held this past weekend and the competition was hot! Steffen Peters rocked it out on Ravel in the Grand Prix competition scoring over 80% in the Freestyle! He also continued on his path to the Pan Am games with Weltino's Magic. Geunter Seidel continued to show "he is back!" with impressive showings of his own on both UII and Sundayboy. But perhaps the most exciting ride of all is the stick horse quadrille perfomed with great humor and class after Saturday night's Freestyle. Check out the story and video!
Two of America's beloved dressage horses have recently become parents! Dressage Superstar Ravel has produced his first US foal born at DG Bar Ranch in California. The colt is owned in a partnership with DG Bar and Ravel's owner Akiko Yamazak. There is a contest to name the colt and details can be found here! In addition, Gypsy Woods Farm would like to announce the birth of Rocher's first embryo transfer foal sired by Rousseau. The filly was born around midnight, April 2nd and already shows her Mom's "look at me attitude". Check her out!
The 137th Run for the Roses will take place in beautiful Louisville, KY on May 7, 2011 and don't forget the ladies with the running of the Kentucky Oaks on May 6th. Traditions runs deep at the Derby, with big gorgeous hats, mint julips and the call to post with the "My Old Kentucky Home" playing as the horses make their way to the post for the "Greatest Two Minutes in Sports". Catch up with all the action and learn about The Derby Experience and the Derby horses then sit back and enjoy the race!
The Dressage Foundation is pleased to announce that the annual Major Anders Lindgren Scholarship has undergone some revisions and will now be able to provide scholarships to a larger number of qualified dressage instructors. The fund has been available since 1996 for training abroad, however this year, scholarships will also be awarded for training in the United States. Read the details here! http://www.dressagefoundation.org/2011_Lindgren_Scholarship_Changes.htm
An Australian woman is training hard for the 2012 Paralympic Games. Jan Pike suffers from the debilitating condition of cerebral palsy. She explains "When I'm on a horse I can dance and trot and walk properly. Instead of having two bad legs, I have four good ones." Her dedication to her goal has seen her traveling each month for the past two years to her coach Catherine Shelley for intense training. In addition, her friends at the training center have been just as dedicated helping raise funds to get Jan to her dream. Read more about this special team here!
In Compton, CA there is an oasis of calm square in the middle of a gang-ridden neighborhood. The city is too dangerous for the children to play outside of their homes, but the Compton Jr. Posse, started by Mayisha Akbar, offers these kids a safe place to go and enjoy being outside with the horses. Children come from all over Los Angeles County and benefit greatly. In fact, several have gone on to compete successfully with one young man, Kenny Atkins, having the Olympics in his site! Read the CBS story here!